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Jefferson Airplane


1938

Spencer Dryden was born.

1939

Grace Victoria Wing, a.k.a. Grace Slick (of Jefferson Airplane), is born in Chciago, Illinois.

1940

Jorma Kaukonen was born.

1941

Paul Kantner was born.

1942

Marty Balin was born.

1944

Jack Casady was born.

1965

The Matrix, a pizza parlor turned rock club, features Jefferson Airplane as its opening act. Vocalist Marty Balin is a co-owner, and the still-legal hallucinogen LSD is sold at the bar.

1965

A Tribute to Dr. Strange—an evening of music, dance and light shows—is organized by the Family Dog, a pioneering group of hippie promoters. Performing at the event are the Jefferson Airplane, the Great Society and the Marbles.

1966

The Trips Festival, a multimedia event featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company, is held at Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco.

1966

Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Jefferson Airplane headline the First Annual Tribal Stomp at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom.

1966

The Jefferson Airplane release their debut album, ‘Jefferson Airplane Takes Off’.

1967

“Somebody to Love,” by Jefferson Airplane, enter the Top Forty. It will remain there well into the Summer of Love, peaking at #5.

1967

Jefferson Airplane performs at the Monterey International Pop Festival as its second album, ‘Surrealistic Pillow,’ is peaking at #3.

1968

By 1968, the hippie movement was spreading across the U.S. and Europe.The Jefferson Airplane hit the Top Ten with ‘Crown of Creation.’

1968

Jefferson Airplane is pictured on the cover of an issue of Life magazine devoted to the late Sixties music revolution.

1968

Bill Graham takes over the Carousel — a music hall owned by the Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead — and re-christens it Fillmore West.

1969

An estimated crowd of 450,000 attended the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, held on the weekend of August 15-17 in the tiny town of Bethel, in upstate New York. The event featured everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker, to Arlo Guthrie and Jefferson Airplane.

1973

Jefferson Airplane release a live album, ‘Thirty Seconds Over Winterland,’ which will be their swan song until they briefly reunite in 1989.

1973

Jefferson Starship’s “Miracles” peaks at #3. It is the biggest hit single to date by either Jefferson Airplane or Jefferson Starship.

1985

“We Built This City,” by Starship—formerly Jefferson Starship, and Jefferson Airplane before that—rockets to #1. It is the first of three chart-toppers from the Starship. The others: “Sara” (1986) and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1987).

1989

‘Jefferson Airplane,’ the self-titles reunion album by the San Francisco legends, is released on Epic Records. It is their first studio album since 1972’s ‘Long John Silver.’

1992

‘Jefferson Airplane Loves You,’ a three-CD box set filled with hits, rarities and album tracks, is released.

1996

Jefferson Airplane is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eleventh annual induction dinner. Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead are their presenteres.

2005

Spencer Dryden of Jefferson Airplane passed away.

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